2017 Homes on Tour

The Parrot House/The Richard Baxter Home

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Circa 1914

701 SW 12th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
Riverside Park

Framed Vernacular

This home has received Historic Designation Status with the city of Fort Lauderdale.

The Parrot House was constructed in 1914 according to the official record reference BD 3920 – Florida, Master Site File.  The home is 103 years old having survived not only all the hurricanes of the past century but also the boom and bust real estate episodes and is today one of the very few remaining historical single family homes over 100 years old in Fort Lauderdale.   The earliest registered owner of the Parrot House was Richard Baxter who was first registered around 1938 and owned the home all the way up to the early 1970’s. Since that time there have been several owners. We have owned the home since 2010 and we designated the name Parrot House since the previous owners established feeders that attracted several species of feral parrots that still visit daily.  The landscaping of live oaks, Royal Palms, Sabal Palms and coconut trees creates an oasis where there are still moments when all is silent and no air planes fly overhead and you can still feel the essence of the early 20th century on the grounds.

Fort Lauderdale Fire House & Safety Museum

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Circa 1927

1022 W Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Sailboat Bend

1927 Mediterranean Revival

After the 1926 hurricane hit Fort Lauderdale, architect Francis Abreu was engaged by the city in 1927 to build the beautiful Mediterranean styled Station 3.  This beautiful historic building, revived by volunteers as a 1920s fire station and education center, features an entry rotunda with a chandelier, wood beam ceilings, crown molding, inlaid tile eyebrow windows, gathering room fireplace, period furnishings in  rooms – bedroom, restroom and kitchen and an outside fountain that served as a water source for horses.   Featured exhibits showcase the service of firefighters since 1912, their uniforms, equipment and photos of their courageous service.  The visiting children learn fire prevention and escape methods.  Most exciting to the visitors are the two historic fire engines and the fire alarm exhibit showing how the fire station functioned in the 1920s.


Casa de Colee

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Circa 1938

1615 SE 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale
Colee Hammock

1938 Mediterranean Revival

Authentic 1938 Spanish Mediterranean Revival home offers thick stucco walls, colorful glazed Cuban tile floors, Miami-Dade beamed vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace and a gated portico entry. Selectively updated, restored, and renovated, this home boasts a formal foyer, a private bank of guest rooms, a secluded master and two well-proportioned lounges for entertaining. The breakfast room with vaulted ceiling offers a wall of windows facing an intimate and secluded little courtyard.

Parrot Hall

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Circa 1939

525 Coral Way, Fort Lauderdale
Las Olas Isles

Georgian Rivial-Bermuda Colonial

Parrot Hall, at 525 Coral Way in the Las Olas Coral Isles, was built in 1939 by famed Miami Beach architect Russell T. Pancoast.

Among Russell T. Pancoast’s noted buildings are the Surf Club in Miami Beach; the Student Center, University of Florida; Church-by-the-Sea, Bal Harbour; the Mercury Hotel, South Beach; the 1930 Art Deco Miami Beach Public Library, which became the Bass Museum of Art; and Plantation’s City Plan. He worked in Fort Lauderdale out of his office at 806 Las Olas Boulevard.

Parrot Hall was expanded by the Dolph family who owned it for decades, carefully retaining its original 1930s Bermuda Colonial style. Features of this form include floor to ceiling windows, arched doorways, casement windows, multiple fireplaces, dark hardwood floors, Cuban tile, French doors and Juliet balconies. The house also features two outdoor verandahs, one off the Master Bedroom sitting room and the other off the second Master Bedroom.

The house is one of the few remaining examples of Pancoast’s architecture in the Las Olas Isles.  We have lived here since 2005, and have enjoyed being part of this historic jewel.

Stevens/Rogow Family Home

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Circa 1949 - 1951

1001 NE 34th Court, Oakland Park

Mid-Century Modern

This mid-century Oakland Park home was built between 1949 - 1951 by the great aunt and uncle of the current owner and has been in his family continuously for 68 years.  The Stevens family were pioneers in Oakland Park, and two-family homes from the 1920s and 30s still stand a few blocks from the Stevens home.  Mr. Stevens' mother, Caryl Stevens, has served as mayor of Oakland Park, and is hosting visitors on the tour.  Historic photos show the Stevens family in the home since its construction.While the home has been modified over the years, notably by enclosing a screened in porch and carport to create more living space, the overall footprint is unchanged.  Note the two bedrooms extend out from the house to allow for windows on three sides, a must before air conditioning.  The kitchen, while modern, is in 50s style, with boomerang formica countertops and bright yellow cabinets.  The formal living/dining area is decorated in classic mid-century style, and is divided by an open partition - also original to the house. 

Southwest Tranquil Gardens

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Circa 1951

720 SW 14th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale
Riverside Park

Masonry Vernacular

This 1950’s masonry vernacular home purchased in 1982 by the current residents has been a labor of love for over three decades. The owners have infused Asian principles of peace, simplicity, proportion and destination into its landscaping, pathways, lighting, statuary, seating areas, chimes and water features throughout the interior and exterior. All of these elements have been carefully selected and positioned to provide a sense of serenity for current residents and their guests. The fusion of original architecture and Asian influence at their Southwest 14th Terrace residence inspired the owners to refer to their inviting home as SW Tranquil Gardens.

Sans Souci South

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Circa 1953

730 N Victoria Park Road, Fort Lauderdale
Victoria Park

Mid - Century Modern

This 1700 square foot Mid Century Modern home was recently purchased by its current owners who named it Sans Souci South (meaning without worries, or carefree).  It is a second, vacation home for the current owners, who are collectors of mid century furniture and furnishings.  Included in the home are pieces by Paul McComb, Hans Wegner, Marcel Breuer and Russel Wright (one of the owners is an attorney and represented Russel Wright).  The house has many of the elements which are emblematic of the mid century style:  over-hanging roofs, large picture windows, curved white brick walls, a volume living room ceiling with a canter-levered indirectly lit vault, a soaring white brick fireplace, trapezoidal open space rooms, a white brick room divider with built-in storage, and an open curved-wall kitchen.  The house retains its original footprint and form, except that at some point the rear screened porch was enclosed and the original terrazzo floors were covered with tile.  A prior owner also installed 40 solar panels on the center pitched roof, which makes air conditioning the home very economical (i.e. sans souci).



Victoria Key

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Circa 1958

1715 NE 5th Court, Fort Lauderdale
Victoria Park

Mid Century Modern

“Victoria Key” (named for the owners’ two loves; Victoria Park and Key West) is a classic single-story 1958 Florida ‘Cottage’ style Masonry single family house.  The fashion of the late 1950’s in is part of Fort Lauderdale is characterized by low-slung Bermuda style white ceramic tile roofs.  This property has an inset front porch and originally had added on a garage to the back of the house, probably in the early 1960’s.  Not many examples of this style are left thanks to development.

 The story goes a young architect wanted to show his love for his new wife and designed and had built this house for her. Thirty-five years later he would pass away and she, being so heartbroken, had to sell the house as every time she saw it, it remained her of her lost love. The next two owners would make updates and minor improvements but it wasn’t until the current owners that it was transformed into a lush little resort like oasis.

 The house and property today are an updated, open floor plan with open large kitchen space and vast views throughout the main house.  A bright open and airy space, this original structure was doubled in square footage, now a total of nearly 2900 sq ft with 3 master suites, each with en suite. A breezeway connects from the main house to a second space (the separate 3rd suite). With a heated pool, spa, tanning shelf, lush grounds, the yard is serene, private and secluded. It shows respect for the past, and looks toward the future to make it a livable space for many years to come. 

Annie Beck House

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Circa 1916

1329 NE 7th Ave
Middle River Terrace Park

Alfred and Annie Beck home which presently is located at 1329 NE 7th Ave. in Middle River Terrace Park is a traditional Craftsman style, front-facing gable bungalow with a small front facing gable end porch. This architectural style was prevalent throughout the United States in the early twentieth century.  The house was built ca. 1916 at 334 E Las Olas Blvd.  Annie Beck sold the house to Mr. Shelby Grant Smith and Smith fell in love with the house.  He made sure any renovations to the home maintained its historical integrity to its style and the period.  In August of 1977 the house made it first relocation to 310 SE 11th Avenue to avoid demolition.

 The house was used for numerous television commercials, print ads and photoshoots which include a Kodak ad campaign, local retailer Maus a Hoffman photo shoot with Winston Groom, an American novelist and nonfiction writer known for his book Forrest Gump, in addition to many others.

In recent years, the house was owned by Diana Heileman who purchased the house in 2000. She donated the bungalow to the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation and agreed to help finance its second and final move. "In the time I have lived in Fort Lauderdale, I have seen so much demolished to make way for newer, bigger homes," Heileman said. "I wanted to preserve a little something."

This house represents our heritage in South Florida - its history of the people who helped found our city.  Heileman already moved and settled in Pompano Beach is glad the house will be preserved. There are so few people today who have respect for buildings like this;  we are so glad she felt the same way as us.